The Netherlands and Chile are set go to war in Sao Paulo on Monday in what will be the Group B decider, with both teams having already qualified for the knockout stages.
The loser of the game at the Arena Corinthians will have to face the winners of Group A in the last 16, which is most likely to be the host nation Brazil.
The two sides go into the crunch clash with six points to their names and decisive wins over the World Cup holders Spain, who are now eliminated from the tournament.
Louis van Gaal’s men will perhaps be the more comfortable going into this match as a draw would be enough to secure them the top spot thanks to their 5-1 drubbing of Spain, which has given them a superior goal difference.
However, the Oranje will be without star man Robin van Persie while he serves his one-game suspension and PSV Eindhoven’s Memphis Depay – who scored the winner in their 3-2 victory over Australia last week – is expected to take his place up front.
Former Liverpool man Dirk Kuyt has been tipped to be in with a good chance of featuring in the starting XI, too, because of his excellent work rate and defensive capabilities. While the prolific goal-scorer Klaas Jan Huntelaar remains an option from the bench despite seemingly being out of favour at international level.
Selection headaches do not end there for the new Manchester United manager, as Feyenoord defender Bruno Martins Indi may also not be able to start due to the horrific concussion he suffered last time out.
CHILE MAY REST STARS
Chile, on the other hand, have to win this match to top the group and manager Jorge Sampaoli is expected to make a few adjustments to the starting line-up as last week’s scorer Charles Aranguiz has picked up a minor knee injury.
The South American outfit have never won three successive World Cup games within the same tournament and they will be relying heavily on their star duo Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal to produce the goods if they are to break that record. Although Vidal also picked up a knock in their last match against Spain and the Juventus midfielder could miss out as well.
Both he and Aranguiz have picked up a yellow card during the tournament so if they were to get a caution against the Dutch, they would miss the crucial last 16 match through suspension, so their selection all depends on how much Sampaoli wants to win the group and avoid Brazil in the next round.
Vidal himself has stated that he is not thinking about the possible suspension and he wants to play in the match regardless.
"This squad is showing how great it is and that's why I'm not thinking about that yellow card, nor that I could be suspended," Vidal told Chile's El Mercurio newspaper.
"I just hope to play and be in the group, that's the mentality of this group," he said.
DUTCH PLAN TO SIGN OFF IN STYLE
While Van Persie has also said that, despite him not being involved, the Dutch will be aiming to finish their group campaign in style.
"If you look ahead a bit, in theory you are better off than if you come second," the Netherlands captain said.
"I'd really like to play them," he said of Brazil, "but a little bit later (in the tournament).”
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